Representatives of the diplomatic corps, media experts, leading journalists, media managers, and owners of major German publications attended the ceremony, held in the Sanssouci Palace.
At the ceremony in Potsdam, a short documentary about Maidan was shown to hail dedication of Ukrainian people in their struggle for dignity and civilization choice Ukraine.
Vitali Klitschko thanked for a high assessment of aspirations of Ukrainian people for freedom and a decent life in a democratic European country. "It's not my personal award. It is an award and recognition of the efforts of millions of Ukrainians who came at Maidan, who struggled for their future in a free European country. It is also a testimonial of heroism of those, who gave their lives at Maidan, an those who are defending our country today, as the struggle for a free Ukraine is still underway," Klitschko said.
The president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz delivered an opening speech. He noted that Europe nowadays is facing serious challenges as warfare unfolds in Europe. That is why Ukraine should not be left one-on-one in its struggle for independence and territorial integrity.
Also in Potsdam two members of the YanukovychLeaks project were awarded for contribution to the development of democracy and fight against corruption in Ukraine.